Devs Make A Difference: Women Who Design | Inside Dev - October, 18th 2019

Inside Dev (Oct 18th, 2019)

Bazel 1.0 / GitLab backtracks / Oracle co-CEO dies / Data shows drop in female, black devs


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1. Google announced the general availability of Bazel. Bazel 1.0 is a long-term support release that comes with new features such as semantic versioning and end-to-end support for remote execution and caching. It also features support for standard package managers and third-party dependencies. Bazel is an open source build system supporting a variety of languages and now all major development platforms. It was originally built by Google to meet its own needs for highly scalable builds.  - GOOGLE OPEN SOURCE


2. GitLab revised a new policy banning employees from discussing politics at work and vetting potential customers based on moral grounds. As I wrote about yesterday, GitLab's CEO Sid Sijbrandij said GitLab won't refrain from working with potential customers based on "moral/value grounds" in the company's handbook, before banning workers from talking about politics at work. GitLab changed the policy after being criticized for the changes, revising both so that it allows for cordial political discourse and consideration of customer ethics. - THE REGISTER


3. Follow Friday: This week, I'd like to introduce you to @marcysutton's Twitter page. Marcy Sutton is the Head of Learning at Gatsby.js. She tweets JavaScript tips and tricks based on her work at Gatsby.js, and also uses her Twitter to promote accessibility through noting the benefits incorporating accessibility can have, by teaching tips, or sharing helpful resources,. You'll find she oftentimes combines the two topics, showing how to, for example, implement client-side JavaScript routing techniques that are accessible. You can follow Marcy on Twitter here


4. Employment statistics between 2013 through 2018 indicate a drop in female and black web developers, according to former Twitter and Hillary For America engineer Beth Andres-Beck's analysis of BLS' Current Population Surveys. While the surveys do not offer insight into potential causal factors, Andres-Beck suggests this could be the effect of coding boot camps. "This dynamic as the same thing that happened when conventional software engineering began to professionalized: skilled women were crowded out in favor of men trained en masse," write Andres-Beck. The majority of these camps launched and surged into popularity between 2013 through 2018, making the development world more accessible to all. Yet ironically, between 2013-2018, the survey reveals the industry has seen 8,240 fewer female web developers and 4,128 fewer black web developers. Meanwhile, it's witnessed 16,000 more developers overall, 24,240 more male developers, and 20,000 more who identify as white. - BLS via @bethcodes

What's your take? Is there a correlation between the rise of boot camps and this drop and, if so, how? If not, what do you think is? Hit reply to let me know your thoughts, and potentially be featured in a future issue.


5. Mark Hurd, the co-CEO of Oracle, has died. He was 62. The news of his death was announced Friday and comes after Hurd announced last month he was taking a leave of absence to concentrate on his health. The founder of Oracle and its current CTO, Larry Ellison, broke the news from Hurd's website. "Mark was my close and irreplaceable friend, and trusted colleague. Oracle has lost a brilliant and beloved leader who personally touched the lives of so many of us during his decade at Oracle," Ellison wrote. - BUSINESS INSIDER


6. Atlassian announced it is buying Code Barrel. Code Barrel is the creator of the Automation for Jira app, a top-selling no-code rules builder that automates routine operations like creating and linking issues and onboarding. Becoming part of Atlassian will provide an amazing opportunity for us to continue building a solid solution for what our customers need and we’ll now be able to invest in R&D more heavily to further improve Automation for Jira,” Andreas Knecht, founder of Code Barrel, wrote in a post. - ATLASSIAN


7. You may want to bookmark Free For Dev, a list of as-a-Service offerings ranging from SaaS to IaaS that offer free tiers for developers. These tiers are vetted to ensure these offerings are free for at least one year, if not forever. The list is predominantly useful for infrastructure developers who work, for example, as System Administrators. To contribute your own service or somebody else's, send a Pull Request here. - FREE FOR DEV


8. The piece delves into how to write better documentation in an easier way that will generate results. According to the author, Daniele Procida, well-written documentation is crucial to making software successful, yet not enough people know how to write it well. The key, Procida says, is to structure documentation around four different functions -- tutorials, how-to guides, explanation, and technical references -- making sure to customize your writing style accordingly. - DIVIO


9. Discourse co-founder Sam Saffron writes about how to debug hidden memory leaks that tend to be more complex in Ruby. In this piece, Saffron delves into how you can use mwrap, heaptrack, iseq_collector and chap to debug these. "Mwrap, heaptrack and chap provide us with very powerful tools for attacking memory-related issues both in development and production," writes Saffron. In addition to mentioning tools, he also dives into some tricks he's used. - SAM SAFFRON


DEVS MAKING A DIFFERENCE:

10. Check out Women Who Design, a Twitter director highlighting accomplished female web designers, developers, and more. Its goal is to help individuals "find notable and relevant voices to follow on Twitter," thus diversifying your feed. In addition, it also serves as a convenient resource for HR professionals looking to recruit. - WOMEN WHO DESIGN

In case you missed it: check out my past feature about Nicole Archambault, a developer who needs funds to help take care of her sick grandpa and continue with her development-related projects and work.

Hey readers! "Devs Making A Difference" is a feature highlighting different ways developers are making, or can make, a difference, whether that's in the world or even within the developer or tech community itself. If you have any suggestions, hit reply or email me at dev@inside.com​​!


Written and curated by Inside Dev and Inside Deals Editor Sheena Vasani, a freelance journalist based in California. Proficient in Javascript and Ruby. Got my start at Dev Bootcamp and Thinkful.

Edited by Bobby Cherry, a senior editor at Inside.com who also curates Inside Pittsburgh.


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